Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Immanent Will

On the night of April 14, 1912, the largest ship afloat, on her maiden voyage from Southhampton to New York, collided and sunk to the bottom of the sea. Of 2,206 passengers, 1500 died. Thomas Hardy, the prolific English poet and novelist was 72 years old when the Titanic sunk. Imagine how the news might have hit him. Imagine how he may have pondered the event in his later, quieter years. He reacted as a poet should; he wrote a poem.

His iconic poem, The Convergence of the Twain, has an interesting take on the tragic event. He saw the Titanic sinking as a tragedy in the making, an unavoidable confrontation between ship and iceberg, the Immanent Will.

First we must consider what is the Immanent Will? Is it God? The forces of nature? Or the balance of the universe that keeps hubris and humility in check?

The immanent Will had it out for the Titanic because the Pride of Life had planned her. Her construction, her opulence, her vaingloriousness, were all contrary to the Immanent Will. As she grew in stature, grace and hue, In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.

According to Thomas Hardy, the Titanic never had a chance.

How much power does the Immanent Will have?

I am pulling together, adding to, re-structuring, my last presentation on the end of the Cold War. In last night's study, I came upon a secular reference that referred to the 1989 events as The Miracles.

As much hope, vigor, and fight it took to create a communist countries, it has never worked, because it was always contrary to the Immanent Will. It is the vaingloriousness creation of man that conflicts with the greater principles of freedom of thought, worship, and speech.

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the world was astounded. Yet, the makings for the symbolic fall of communism had been in the works for years. The tectonic plates had been shifting, adjusting, ever so slightly until the final shift, brought a shudder through the land.

The fall of communism had been in the making since its inception. Stalin's injustices, economic failures, each act of invasion and control was a shift, an evil build-up that had an equal.  The Immanent Will was building in stature, strength, and resistance until it, like the iceberg, moved unexpectedly into its path and an unavoidable collision and take-down of communism occurred.  Before the Berlin Wall was hacked away, there was the the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, the independence proclaimed by Poland, The Hungarian uprisings, ---sixty years of building steam against the Pride of Life.

It's a humbling thought. Humbling questions. If I am not on the right path, what equal and opposite forces are building for my take-down? Hubris is excessive pride and the Greeks were especially adept at writing plays and stories about their heroes, their hubristic tendencies and the tragic endings of death and blindness.

An iceberg is always waiting.